Monthly Archives: August 2011

Tonight’s Tipple – An Izadi Duo

Earlier in the year I got two bottles of wine made by Bodegas Izadi, a 2008 Rioja Blanco (white) and 2006 Rioja Crianza (red), from Dillies in Hexham. Bodegas Izadi is a relatively recent Spanish winery, founded in 1987 in … Continue reading

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A Most Unusual (NEWTS) Tasting – Part 2

After some delicious whites the evening moved to the reds, but we stayed with Austria for the Pittnauer 2008 St. Laurent Dorflagen, a 13% Qualitätswein Trocken from the Burgenland region. Likened, and genetically related, to Pinot Noir, the St. Laurent … Continue reading

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A most unusual (NEWTS) tasting – Part 1

Last week’s NEWTS tasting was one for my fellow Wine Centurions, a selection of unusual grape varieties rarely seen in bottle or review. I took a slightly perverse enjoyment seeing the look of confusion on many of the faces in … Continue reading

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A Wine Festival for 2011!

The region has a wine festival for 2011, but it’s not the one we expected! After the success of the 2010 North East Wine Festival in Corbridge over a sunny June weekend I know there was a strong intention to … Continue reading

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Tonight’s Tipple – Aussie Riesling

After a couple of disappointing whites recently a mid-week wine was called for that could be relied on to deliver, and Tim Adam’s 2006 Clare Valley Riesling proved up the the task. This wine was bought for £9.99 in May … Continue reading

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Greybeard’s Corner – July 2011

With few standout events my regular review of the wine world’s recent happenings is a mixed bag of topics including broken Shiraz, green wineries and melting bloggers. Wine News: Let’s start with the curious tale of the broken Mollydooker, as … Continue reading

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Taste’s Grey Zone

There’s an old saying that “Bad luck always comes in threes” which I thought of as I drank the last of 3 bottles of wine at home recently, each of which had got me thinking about another saying, that “Life’s … Continue reading

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